2020 - 2021 Season

The Relevant Creativity Series is the UK Department of Theatre & Dance's response to being Artists in this unprecedented time when theatres and performance venues are shuttered due to COVID-19. These wildly creative projects offer a substitute to a traditional season. It gives our students an outlet for their voices to be heard and talents to be seen outside of the classroom. Working within the constraints of COVID mitigation protocols, the art, craft, and discipline of Theatre and Dance are still happening in our Department.

Better Maybe

Better Maybe, by Caridad Svich, will be presented as a video recording and part of the Play at Home Initiative, created by a group of regional theatres who have generated "a series of short plays commissioned specifically for this moment of unprecedented isolation to inspire joy and connection for all." 

"The piece is both a love story to theatre and a light of optimism. Caridad is an extraordinary and poetic writer and the piece, in the voices of our students, speaks of the immediate future in relation to Covid-19, but also, I think, to something more profound." - Stephen Wrentmore, director

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Pasek and Paul

Our Musical Theatre Certificate students present an evening of songs from Oscar, Grammy, Tony, and Golden Globe Award-winning songwriters Benji Pasek and Justin Paul, best known for their work on Dear Evan Hansen, La La Land, and The Greatest Showman.

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Once Vacant: Bodies in motion...still

Once Vacant: Bodies in motion...still

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Orange Lot located at Kroger Field, 1540 University Drive
Saturday, October 17, 2020, 2pm, 8pm, 9:30pm

The University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance presents Once Vacant: Bodies in motionstill. The dancers will perform in the Orange parking lot on UK's campus, while the audience will maintain social distance surrounding the performers in their cars. The practice of occupying vacant spaces is a tool that many dancers and dance companies are accessing globally to continue to create, perform, and advance the field of dance during the pandemic. As dancers and choreographers, we continue to seek motion as a means of enlivening a world that has become motionless. Once Vacant reimagines a public space while illuminating the vital role that dance can play in advancing political, social and cultural discussions. Choreographers Susie Thiel, Stephanie Harris and Theresa Bautista's dance works center around the questions, what does the body mean in spaces and places and how can entropy lead to liberation?

(in)VISIBLE 3.12

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(in)VISIBLE 3.12 is the first in a series of installations by assistant professor Yoon Bae that mark 200 days since live theatre ended across the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The installation was filmed in early October and is available online. 

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A Distant Dream


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An adaptation of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, recorded and available online in spring semester 2021.


November 20 - 22, 2020, On Demand Online

This modern riff on the fifteenth-century morality play "Everyman" follows "Everybody" as they journey through life's greatest mystery - the meaning of living." -Dramatist Play Service, Inc.

This is a Free On Demand recording of UK Department of Theatre & Dance's production of "Everybody".

Company Members are:

Matt Morse
Jules Clarke
Moniece Mosley
Milo Hahn
Zoe Womack
Jacob Ernst
Ceana Carey
Emily Spencer
Cory Evans
Martha McHaney
Madeline Bavely
Annie Sheehy
KJ Wilkerson
Jace White
Heather Brown
Jedd Greenhalgh
Benjamin Bossert
Nathaniel Riddle
Peter Stone

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The Watsons by Laura Wade

March 19 - 21, 2021
Online, Registration Required

Staged reading directed by Christina Ritter. This event will be available on demand online via a password-protected link March 19 through March 21 only. Free, but registration is required. REGISTER

The Watsons by Laura Wade

What happens when the writer loses the plot? Emma Watson is 19 and new in town. She's been cut off by her rich aunt and dumped back in the family home. Emma and her sisters must marry, fast.

If not, they face poverty, spinsterhood, or worse: an eternity with their boorish brother and his awful wife. Luckily there are plenty of potential suitors to dance with, from flirtatious Tom Musgrave to castle-owning Lord Osborne, who's as awkward as he is rich. So far so familiar.

But there's a problem: Jane Austen didn't finish the story. Who will write Emma's happy ending now? Based on her incomplete novel, this sparklingly witty play looks under the bonnet of Jane Austen and asks: what can characters do when their author abandons them?

The Watsons was first performed at The Chichester Festival Theatre, directed by Samuel West on 8 November 2018. By arrangement with Knight Hall Agency Ltd. An amateur production.



April 2-3, 2021

The Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Kentucky invites the community to experience a site-specific dance performance, EchoLocation: The Mobile Tour. Due to COVID-19, the dance program aims to present a diverse performance opportunity for our students, faculty and community. Most recently, the focus is on “site-specific performances” in which the venue is intrinsic to the work. The locations will be easily accessible through the program and map which can be found on a phone or tablet, “mobile.” And the audience will move from location to location, “tour.” 

The performance consists of choreography by UK students and faculty on the University of Kentucky campus and the Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky. The locations range from a parking garage to a rose garden, and the choreography explores a variety of themes from COVID-19, politics, culture, environment and simply movement for movement’s sake.  

After purchasing a ticket online, the schedule and more information will be available. During the performance, the audience will move together from one location to the next.  

All CDC guidelines will be followed during this event and golf carts will be available for those who would like assistance traveling from location to location.

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